Kudos to Me No.2


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So, a couple of weeks ago I posted that I had one of my photos selected by KEH Camera as one of their pictures of the month. Well, this week I had a photograph picked by the Monterey County Convention and Visitors Bureau as their photograph of the week. You can see their posting of it by clicking on the link below:


The shot is of a dilapidated section of Cannery Row in Monterey. I used my Canon 6D with the Canon EF 24-105mm f/4.0L lens to take the photograph. It was taken about fifteen minutes after sunset and I did the black and white conversion in Photoshop CS4.

Thank you to the Monterey County Convention and Visitors Bureau.



Kudos to Me


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I’m not usually one to blow my own horn, except when I’ve got my saxophone in my hands. However, I will make an exception this time around. One of the ways that I put my photography out to the universe is with Flickr. One of the companies that I have purchased gear from is KEH Camera. It just so happens to be that KEH is on Flickr as well and has their own Flickr group, of which I belong. Once a month, KEH posts the top photographs submitted to their group on their blog. About a week or so ago, one of my shots of El Capitan in Yosemite National Park was at the top of the list for their August picks. Click on the link below to see the post on their blog:


Thank you to KEH!


Camera Porn – Sneak Peek


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Camera Porn - Kodak DuaflexI proudly present my latest acquisition, a Kodak Duaflex camera with the Kodet lens. While this camera is more than 60 years old, you would never know, as it is in fabulous condition. It takes 620 film, which is basically 120 film, but on a different spool. While 620 is no longer produced, it is available as 120 that has been put on proper spools, or 120 with modified spools. While I don’t foresee ever shooting any weddings with it, I am looking forward to seeing what it is capable of. I’ve ordered a couple of rolls of Ektachrome and when I get the film developed and scanned, I’ll be posting a full review of this little gem.

Tatiana and Raymond’s Wedding at Pigeon Point State Park


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This past weekend I had the utmost pleasure to photograph the wedding of Tatiana and Raymond at the Pigeon Point State Park. Except for a bit of wind, the weather was fabulous with clear skies and temps in the 70’s.

If you are unfamiliar with Pigeon Point, it is one of the most beautiful locations along the San Mateo County coast. The lighthouse located there is 115 feet high and along with the Point Arena Lighthouse is the tallest on the west coast. It was first illuminated in 1871 and one Saturday evening each November, the lamp for the old Fresnel lens is once again illuminated and it is a spectacular sight to see. Click here to see what that looks like and for more information about the lighthouse. The lighthouse is undergoing a major renovation and the annual lighting has not occurred since 2010, with the anticipation that the next lighting will be in 2013.

San Francisco City Hall Wedding


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If you are anywhere in or near Northern California (or planning a visit) and are looking for a beautiful location for a civil ceremony wedding, San Francisco City Hall could be just the place that you are looking for. Below are some of the shots that I captured photographing a wedding there recently.

Bay Area Pet Fair


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This weekend was the Bay Area Pet Fair at the Marin Civic Center. There was plenty of vendors, adoption agencies, tasty eats (for both two-legged and four-legged attendees), a Splash Dog competition, and two days of fabulous weather.

Below is just a sneak peek at what was going on…I took more than 1,500 shots and it’ll be a later in the week before I get through them all.

Splash Dogs – Camera: Canon EOS 40D – Lens: Canon EF 70-200m f/4.0L @200mm – Exposure: 1/800 sec @ f/6.3 ISO 200 – You can tell by the smile on his face, that he is thoroughly enjoying himself!

The Little Guy – Camera: Canon EOS 40D – Lens: Canon EF 70-200m f/4.0L @70mm – Exposure: 1/200 sec @ f/5.0 ISO 100 – Lighting: Camera mounted Canon 430EX for fill – This little two-pound Tea Cup Yorkie was drawing lots of attention hanging out with the staff of North Bay Animal Hospital at their booth.

Splash Dogs – Camera: Canon EOS 40D – Lens: Canon EF 70-200m f/4.0L @70mm – Exposure: 1/1000 sec @ f/4.5 ISO 200 – I’m not sure who is concentrating harder, the dog or the human!

The New Guy – Camera: Canon EOS 40D – Lens: Canon EF 70-200m f/4.0L @70mm – Exposure: 1/1250 sec @ f/4.5 ISO 200 EV-1/3 – Lighting: Camera mounted Canon 430EX Speedlite @-1/3 for fill – This had to have been one of the cutest puppies that was up for adoption this weekend…and he went home with a friend of mine! He’s an Aussie Sheppard, German Sheppard, Great Pyrenees mix and tips the scales are just over ten pounds (4.5kg). He is somewhat unique in that he has two dewclaws on each of his rear paws.

Fleet Week Reminder…(as if you really need one)


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This week is Fleet Week San Francisco 2012…along with other bay area events – America’s Cup Racing, San Francisco Giant’s playoff games, The Hardly Strictly Bluegrass Festival, Stanford football, Cal football, possibly Oakland A’s playoff games, Madonna concerts Saturday and Sunday, a Justin Bieber concert, and a few other things that I’m forgetting to mention. So, if you’ve been thinking about staying away from the city and not going trekking down to Marina Green with the pulsing masses of humanity that is always there, I’ve decided to entice you with a few of my favorite shots from the past couple of years. Yes, I will be there this year…on a sailboat out of Sausalito…you think I’m crazy enough to face the traffic in the city this year? I don’t think so!

Filling the Frame! – Camera: Canon EOS 40D – Lens: Canon 400mm f/5.6L – Exposure: 1/1000 Second @ f/5.6 ISO200

Shock Wave! (Scientific name is the ‘Prandlt-Glauert Singularity’) – Camera: Canon EOS 50D – Lens: Canon EF 400 f/5.6L – Exposure: 1/1250 Second @ f/7.1 ISO100

US Coast Guard Cutter Hawksbill Camera: Canon EOS 40D – Lens: Canon EF 70-200mm f/4.0L w/1.4 Extender @203mm – Exposure: 1/1600 Second @ f/5.6 ISO100

Number Five High Speed Pass – Camera: Canon EOS 50D – Lens: Canon EF 400 f/5.6L USM – Exposure: 1/500 Second @ f/7.1 ISO100

Front Row Squatter No.2 –  Camera: Canon EOS 50D – Lens: Canon EF 400mm f/5.6L USM – Exposure: 1/2500 Second @ f/6.3 ISO100

F-15E Strike Eagle – Camera: Canon EOS 50D – Lens: Canon EF 400 f/5.6L – Exposure: 1/1000 Second @ f/7.1 ISO100 – The F-15E Strike Eagle is not like other F-15’s in that is has a two man crew, a pilot, and a Weapons Systems Officer (WSO)…although I think the new name is Combat Systems Officer. In a previous life, many years ago, I was a WSO in the F-4D Phantom II, (prior to flying helicopters). McDonnell Douglas (now part of Boeing) made the F-4 and makes the F-15 as well. Right about now, I’d give my left you-know-what for an opportunity to go for a ride in a Strike Eagle!

The Patriots Jet Team – Camera: Canon EOS Digital Rebel XT (350D) – Lens: Canon 70-200mm f/4.0L with 1.4X Extender II @280mm – Exposure: 1/500 Second @ f/7.1 ISO100

Comin’ at Ya! – Camera: Canon EOS 40D – Lens: Canon 400mm f/5.6L – Exposure: 1/1000 Second @ f/8.0 ISO200

So, set your alarm for 4:30AM to ensure you can find a place to park, drag your ice chest down with plenty of drinks and snacks for the kids just to find out that you can’t bring it in with you to your seats you bought, get your backside pinched by who-knows-who, and see one of the best airshows this side of Farnborough. Oh, and don’t forget to wave as you see me floating by on the sailboat. 🙂

Preview – Canon EOS 6D


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Canon has announced their newest professional line DSLR, the EOS 6D, a full-frame 22Mp, DIGIC 5+ equipped answer to the recently released Nikon D600. It comes with a MSPR of $2,099, which is within just a few dollars of the street price of the D600. It also a less expensive full-frame option to the new Canon EOS 5D MkIII, with its street price of $3,459.

As one would expect with the lower price vs the 5D MkIII, the new 6D has some features that is not as robust as its higher priced sibling, with the most noticeable being the autofocus system. While it is a step up from the 5D MkII with 11 sensors instead of 9, only the center focus point is a high precision cross type. The 5D MkIII comes in with a whopping 61 focus points, with 41 being cross type and 5 being of dual diagonal design.

While it lacks the more sophisticated focusing system of the 5D MkIII, it does have two new features that are built-in, that have until now required the purchase of external accessories. Canon has added both GPS and Wi-Fi to the 6D, which can save the owner more than $1,000 if you had to purchase the Canon Wireless File Transfer and GPS modules seperately. With the built-in Wi-Fi capability, you can upload to social media sites directly from the camera through the Canon Image Gateway. You can also upload through your smartphone, as well as use your smartphone (with the required Canon app) to remotely control your 6D…you can also print your images on a Wi-Fi compatible printer.

The shutter is rated to 100,000 cycles and has a top speed of 1/4000 of a second. When shooting stills, the available ISO is 100 to 25,600 in the manual mode, with optional settings from 50 to 102,400 (in 1/3 or whole stop settings). If you are shooting video, the top ISO is still a very respectible 12,800. The new 6D can fire at 4.5 frames per second and the buffer doesn’t slow things down until either 14 RAW images have been taken, or 73 large/fine jpegs have been shot. Video can be shot in either NTSC or PAL, with frame rates as follows – 1920×1080 (Full HD) 30p (29.97), 24p (23.976), 25p – 1280×720 (HD) 60p (59.94) – 640×480 (SD) 25p.

As is standard with Canon’s top-tiered cameras, there is no built-in flash with the new 6D. And, as we are seeing more and more, Canon has shunned the CF card in favor of the SD type cards and the 6D can use the new Ultra High-Speed (USH-I) card.

The 6D has in-camera HDR which takes three images, of up to +/- 3 stops, and merges them into a single image that gives you detail in the shadows and highlight details that you would not normally have straight out of the camera. The HDR is just one of several new modes for this offering in Canon’s EOS line of DSLR’s.

The anticipated delivery date is December 10th, 2012 it will arrive just in time for Christmas gift giving. It will be sold as camera body only ($2,099), or bundled with the 24-105mm f/4.0L IS USM lens ($2,899). Once they are available, I will be posting a review of what is bound to be one of Canon’s most popular DSLR’s.

For additional information, be sure to visit the Canon USA website.

Canine Companions for Independence – Sneak Peek


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I’m not sure what it is with puppies and leaves. Whether it’s the texture, the taste, or the crunchiness of them, but all of the puppies of all of the Celine’s litters that I’ve seen seem to really love chewing on leaves. Maybe they just like a little salad with their milk…

Celine, a breeder dog for Canine Companions for Independence, had what will be her fifth and last litter six weeks ago and this morning the stars finally lined up and allowed me to get over and take shots of them. Due to my busy schedule at the moment, it will probably going to be a few days before I get through all 500+ images that I took this morning looking for the “Awwww!” shots. So for now, I’ll leave you with a teaser shot to enjoy.

Canine Companions for Independence is the largest provider of service dogs and does so with no charge to the recipient. For more information about CCI, or to make a donation, please click on the link below:

Canine Companions for Independence

CCI – The ‘I’ Litter – Camera: Canon EOS Digital Rebel XT (350D) – Lens: Sigma 18-50mm f/2.8 EX DC Macro @21mm – Exposure: 1/400 sec @ f/5.0 ISO 100 – Lighting: Camera mounted Canon 430EX for fill